New Zealand’s squad saw the inclusion of spinner Ajaz Patel for the two-match Test series against India. The Mumbai-born spinner was one of the three spinners in the team for the 1st Test match. However, they all struggled to pick wickets on Day 1. Ajaz Patel bowled more than 20 overs in a day without much impact and he had tried to do something different to keep the run-scoring in check against a well-set Shreyas Iyer and Ravindra Jadeja, who helped rescue Team India and took the score to 258/4 at the Stumps of Day 1.
Ajaz Patel tried to bowl negative line
Patel was consistently bowling outside the leg stump and that tactic did not make much of an impact since umpires don’t give wides. However, when an umpire detects negative bowling from the bowler then he/she can give wide.
Law 22.1.3 of ICC playing conditions states that “For bowlers attempting to utilise the rough outside a batsman’s leg stump, not necessarily as a negative tactic, the strict limited over Wide interpretation shall be applied.”
Similarly, Law 22.1.4 says, “For bowlers whom umpires consider to be bowling down the leg side as a negative tactic, the strict limited over Wide interpretation shall be applied.”
Thereby, the umpire Virender Sharma talked to New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and bowler Ajaz Patel was warned about calling wide if the bowler continues to bowl with similar negative tactics.
Patel had previously said that he is excited to be a part of the NZ team for the match against India:
“Obviously, we know what India offers in terms of spin bowling but at the same time we know the challenges of facing India at home as well. It’s a challenge as a spinner, but it’s something I’m really excited about and thriving on, so I’m looking forward to it.”
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